Shearwin's in Europe 2018 travel blog

Roman Viaduct

Stanislaw Square

A very early rise at 0530 hrs, refreshed, but feeling very warm from a comfortable night temperature and our fully sealed room from road noise.

We attended breakfast in the hotel at 0830hrs before clearing our room and depositing our bag with reception. We did not want a repeat of yesterday’s arrival drama’s and strolled through the city before picking up the car from the underground station. An attempt to park on the verge in front of the hotel to pick up our bags was a Monty Python moment with the police striking from behind like a viper telling us to move on - our strange tongue an obvious challenge to Nancy’s best and finest.

The bags were finally rescued with another spirited attack that produced the results and in no time we were off to drive the western banks of the Moselle River to Nancy.

Our first point of call was the Roman Aqueduct which has recently been refurbished and provided with very good explanation boards; unfortunately the effective sign posting of the site left a lot to be desired. Our next stop was a Mc Donald’ loo stop at Pont au Mousson and then it was direct to the carpark in Nancy.

We arrived at 1200hrs earlier than the designated meeting time with our B&B host. We parked in the nearest carpark and found a brasserie alongside our accomodation for a wine and relaxation.

We were briefed on our room and Kaye was more than horrified to find we were to share a bathroom with another couple. We relocated the car to our hosts carpark and prepared to venture out to view the city.

I had planned an itinerary of significant, must see attractions and having wandered from the Marche Centrale in Place Charles 3 through a largish restaurant area we came across Stanislaw Square which has undergone a major renovation starting 1983. As Kaye expressed, “ the best we have seen” which for its concentration of brilliant buildings, statues, metal decorations and golden metal art work I would agree. The renovations have made it the “in place to be” and appealing outdoor restaurants proliferate.

Leading from the square is the Parc de Republique which is a large significant park. Significant in that it is not only well designed and planted with well advanced trees and shrubs but is also well maintained- this is not always the case. Other structures of significance we noted were the Place de la Carrière ( in preparation for a music concert), Musee Lorrain, the Porte de la Craffe, the Porte Notre Dame, the Porte de la Citadelle, the Eglise St Epvre ( no internal access, major renovation started), the Musee de Cordeliers ( need the audio presentation to better appreciate), and the Cathedrale ( still in need of more cleaning - quite basic in decoration).

All were appealing and satisfy to us but Weary from walking and looking we stopped for a drink near the Porte de la Craffe before returning to Stanislaw Square to await the call to dinner.

We are already feeling the effects of over eating carbs and were looking for something that was at least light, however, the appeal for another pizza won out when we saw this very appealing Italian restaurant - Angeluzzo’s we elected another but with a Chèvre salad to conceal the guilt. An ordinary tiramisu followed but still did not detract from a pleasant meal served by a a very pleasant English speaking waitress.

I was in bed and asleep very soon after; Kaye toiled on with Facebook.

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